Church Services

in the Dassett Magna Group



Depending on the type of service, it may be led by either a priest or a lay person (someone who is not a priest). Communion services will be led by a Priest, sometimes assisted by a Reader (a lay person who is licensed to preach and lead worship in the church). Other services in our churches are usually led by lay people.

Communion Services

Holy Communion

Communion services will be led by a Priest, sometimes assisted by a Reader. You will be able to recognise which is which, because the Reader will be wearing a blue 'stole' (which looks like a very long scarf).

A service sheet guides us through . . .

. . . church news (the notices)

. . . hymns of praise and worship (there will be several throughout the service)

. . . an opportunity to seek forgiveness for our sins (the confession)

. . . prayers of thanksgiving (we may read a prayer known as 'the Gloria' together)

. . . Bible readings and teaching (the sermon)

. . . a reminder of what we believe (the Creed)

. . . prayers of intercession (asking for God's help)

. . . 'the Peace'
The priest invites everyone to "offer one another a sign of peace": people then shake hands with those around them, saying "peace be with you" or similar words. Some people move around the church to greet as many others as possible; others prefer to stand quietly. Please just do whatever feels comfortable to you.

. . . Holy Communion
In a series of prayers led by the priest, the bread (which is usually represented by small Communion 'wafers') and wine are blessed before we share them.

When people begin to go forward to receive the bread and wine, all those who normally receive Communion in their own churches are welcome to receive it in Dassett Magna. If you are unsure about receiving Communion, or this is all new to you, then please feel free either to remain seated or to come forward with everyone else but keep your hands behind the Communion rail: the Priest will then know that you want to receive a blessing, which means that when s/he comes to you, s/he will hold his hand over your head and say a short prayer for God's blessing on you.

The Priest will distribute the bread, and the wine will usually be distributed by either the Reader or another lay person.

The service will usually be followed by refreshments in church.

BCP Holy Communion

Communion services according to the Book of Common Prayer will be led by a Priest.

These are traditional-language services (using "thee" and "thou"), usually without hymns, which otherwise follow a similar pattern to the Communion services described above.

Communion by Extension

Services of Communion by Extension can be led by a Reader, because the bread and wine have already been blessed by a priest.

The service itself is very similar to a normal Communion service, except that some of the Communion prayers are omitted. The bread will be distributed by the Reader and the wine by the Reader or another lay person.

Songs of Praise

At 6 p.m. on some third Sundays there is a traditional Songs of Praise service, with hymns chosen by the congregation; people may say a few words about their choice, if they wish.

The service is followed by refreshments in church.

Family Worship

Family Worship is a thirty-minute, informal service suitable for all ages, which takes place in Fenny Compton on the third Sunday of every month.

The service is led by a team of lay people. A short service sheet guides us through . . .

. . . familiar hymns and songs

. . . a chance to say sorry (a simple confession)

. . . a short Bible reading (often from a children's Bible)

. . . a child-friendly teaching activity (in place of the traditional sermon)

. . . a reminder of what we believe (a much-simplified version of the Creed)

. . . prayers for God's help

The service is followed by drinks and cake or biscuits: a chance for adults to chat while the children play together in the church building and churchyard.

Dassett Magna Messy Church

Messy Church is aimed at families, but is open to everyone from 0 to 100 who wants to learn more about God in a fun, informal, creative and friendly way. We welcome anyone regardless of whether or not they normally come to church.

We meet in Fenny Compton Village Hall for plenty of craft-based activities and a short act of worship, after which we invite you to stay and join us in a simple tea. It's a fresh expression of church - which means trying church in a whole new way.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Dassett Magna 'Taste and See' at Temple Herdewyke

On the 1st Sunday of each month, we meet at Temple Herdewyke Community Centre for Cafe Church and Messy Church. While the children enjoy crafts, Bible stories, songs and games at Messy Church downstairs, followed by a simple tea, the adults meet upstairs for Cafe Church: a time of fellowship over coffee and cakes, with songs, discussion and prayer. Everyone is welcome to 'taste and see' this new way of being church.

All children must have an adult upstairs.

Morning and Evening Prayer

Prayer and Praise

At 10.30 a.m. on fourth Sundays, a service Prayer and Praise is led at Gaydon by a team of lay people.

A simple service sheet guides us through . . .

. . . songs of praise and worship

. . . prayers of praise and thanksgiving

. . . an opportunity to confess our sins

. . . a reading or talk, followed by a time of silent reflection

. . . prayers of intercession (asking for God's help)

The service is followed by refreshments in church.

Morning Prayer/Morning Worship

Services of Morning Prayer and Morning Worship (which are similar in format, with different wording) are led by a Reader or by a churchwarden.

A service sheet guides us through . . .

. . . hymns of praise and worship (there will be several throughout the service)

. . . an opportunity to seek forgiveness for our sins (the confession)

. . . Bible readings

. . . prayers of praise and thanksgiving

. . . a reminder of what we believe (the Creed)

. . . prayers of intercession (asking for God's help)

. . . teaching (the sermon or a short reflection)

The service may be followed by refreshments in church.

Evensong

At 6 p.m. on the first Sunday in each month there is a service of Evensong, according to the Book of Common Prayer, at Farnborough. The service will usually be led by a Reader (a lay person who is licensed to preach and lead worship).

These are traditional-language services. As well as singing hymns, some of the congregation's responses are sung.

The Order for Evening Prayer can be viewed on the Church of England's website.

Evening Prayer

At 6 p.m. on the second Sunday in each month there is a service of Evening Prayer at Burton Dassett. The service will usually be led by a Reader (a lay person who is licensed to preach and lead worship).

This is a modern-language service, without hymns.

A service sheet leads us through . . .

. . . prayers of praise and thanksgiving (in some of these, the leader and congregation read alternate parts)

. . . an opportunity to seek forgiveness for our sins (the confession)

. . . Bible readings

. . . prayers of intercession (asking for God's help)




The churches in the Dassett Magna Group are committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.
If you have any concerns about the safety or well-being of a child or vulnerable adult, especially at any of our Family Services or events, then please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
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